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August 29, 2006

H&I* Fires 29 Aug 2006

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Which WWII Army are you?

Heh. I'm... Poland. Followed by the US and Finland. But I'm 94% Poland... and only 70% US and Finland. And definitely not Germany (44%), Japan (25%), or the Soviet Union (19%).

30 Second Movie Review:
Beer Fest. The absolute worst movie we ever paid full price to see that we not only want to see again, but will buy the DVD. Tankards for the mammaries! It was so bad it was worth it for all the inside jokes. -the Armorer


For years, we have heard rumors that the Kissinger's Skull&Bone Internationalindustrialmilitarycomplex Cabal is developing genetically modified wariors of the future. Call Art Bell; I've got the proof. Tomorrow's Cyber Warior will be able to cover his own Six.

Now; where's that roll of tin foil for me to wrap around me head. - BOQ


Something that *still* baffles and irks me - we're 5 *years* into the war... and the pay system is *still* screwed up... in an environment where we're trying to find money to pay for things - we haven't ponied up the moral fortitude to FIX THE FARKING PAY SYSTEM! [registration required, see] It's inexcusable. It's unprofessional. It borders on immoral, given we call 'em up and send 'em into harm's way... and it is an egregrious failure of leadership. NOT.ONE.SENIOR.PERSON involved with the system has been invited to seek employment elsewhere AFAIK. No wonder it's still screwed up. Leadership 101, Fiduciary Stewardship 101. Secretary Rumsfeld - you're on your a$$, sir. Plain and simple. That it's gone on this long puts the blame on one set of shoulders. Yours. Fix it. -the Armorer


Deadline approaching for filing body armor claims

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2006) – Soldiers have until Oct. 3 to file reimbursement claims for private purchases of such protective and safety equipment as body armor.

If you've been holding off - get off the dime.

Heh. It's bemusing to see former peers with stars on their shoulders. Good on you, Dana. -the Armorer.


Snerk. Fascism. Point. Counterpoint. -the Armorer


Snerk. Joel Stein describes the end of western civilization... -the Armorer


Let's make this a test of AFSis' commitment in the Rolling Victory Fast. Go talk food to her. Y'know, like the mmmmmm-mmmmmm good Spam quiche (yes, Spam!) we've been gnoshing on for the last two days... pie shell, onions, heavy whipping cream, swiss cheese, eggs... and Spam, glorious Spam!

SPAM SWISS PIE Recipe By : Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00 Categories : Pies Main dish Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method -------- ------------ -------------------------------- Deep dish pie shell (9") Eggs Whipping cream Pepper SPAM Luncheon Meat, cubed -(12 oz) Chopped onion Shredded Swiss cheese, -divided Heat oven to 425'F. Bake pie shell 6-8 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350'F. In bowl, beat together eggs, whipping cream, and pepper. Stir in SPAM and onion. Sprinkle 1 cup cheese in pie shell. Pour egg mixture over cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese over egg. Bake 45-55 minutes or until eggs are set.

The details can be had here. What, you say, "Ain't this a milblog?" Spam, like M&Ms - a treat for the troops!

1945: According to Nikita Khrushchev's book, Khrushchev Remembers, SPAM is fed to Russian soldiers in WWII. Also, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher calls SPAM a "war-time delicacy."

And now for M&M's! (from the M&M's website)

Who would have guessed that the idea for M&M'S® Plain Chocolate Candies was hatched against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War? Legend has it that, while on a trip to Spain, Forrest Mars Sr. encountered soldiers who were eating pellets of chocolate encased in a hard sugary coating. This prevented it from melting. Inspired by this idea, Mr. Mars went back to his kitchen and invented the recipe for M&M'S® Plain Chocolate Candies.

M&M'S® Chocolate Candies were first sold in 1941, and soon became a favorite of the American GIs serving in World War II. Packaged in cardboard tubes, they were sold to the military as a convenient snack that traveled well in any climate. By the late 1940s, they were widely available to the public, who gave them an excellent reception. In 1948, their packaging changed from a tube form to the characteristic brown pouch we know today.

-the Armorer


NWTF? Way to go, Granny Niple! (am I the only one to find it funny that her last name is just one letter away from being even more obscene than her supposedly obscene license plate? hehe)

Hey John- you KS blokes should consider having this sort of fundraiser. I'm guessing it would be a big hit! ~AFSis

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".